This quiet, enclosed landscape subject, very likely set in the Catskills or Adirondacks, represents the direction in which Asher B. Durand had moved American landscape art. After devoting his attention to expansive views that often included historical or moralizing narratives, by the 1850s he began to record in fine detail more intimate settings in which there was no palpable human presence. This very contained composition, although completed in the studio, is close in spirit to the highly detailed, “close-up” oil studies he completed outdoors.
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Asher B. Durand (American, 1796-1886). Landscape, 1867. Oil on canvas, 15 1/16 x 24 1/16 in. (38.2 x 61.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William Woodward Phelps, 33.218